OUR STAFF

Paige Elenson

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Paige lives and breathes the creed of service and self-empowerment that she teaches. A native New Yorker, graduate of New York University, and former Wall Street consultant, Paige has been teaching yoga for over a decade in the dynamic Baptiste, AcroYoga, and Jivamukti methods. As a Senior Baptiste and AcroYoga Teacher, Paige teaches in Yoga Journal Conferences across the United States, and is a featured presenter at the Evolution Asia Yoga Conference, the Barcelona Yoga Conference, the AcroYoga Festival, the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion, and the Yoga Teacher Telesummit.

Paige’s incisive skills as a businesswoman, spiritual activist, and yogini inspired her work with the Africa Yoga Project organization. In 2007, Paige moved to Africa and co-founded the AYP organization, a movement that empowers the youth and women of Kenya to learn, contribute, and change their lives through the transformative power of yoga. With the support of Baron Baptiste and his community, the AYP organization facilitated the first yoga teacher training in Kenya and now employs local youth to teach full-time in their own communities. AYP programs offer free classes to over 3,000 students per week, simultaneously building schools and funding education, critical operations, and environmental endeavors.

Since 2007, Paige has partnered with leaders in politics, philanthropy, design, and entertainment to broaden the AYP organization’s empowering reach. Whether working alongside Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, Christy Turlington, or Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, Paige creates unique opportunities for community involvement and transformation. At home in Nairobi or reaching students around the world, Paige’s dedication to positive global change is infectious and inspiring.

 

 

Alica (Lacy) Carra

Africa Regional Director

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Jean Wetstein

U.S. Managing Director

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Tabitha Muchemi

Africa Finance and Administration Coordinator

Tabitha has worked as the Finance and Administration Manager for the Africa Yoga Project organization since March 2011. Her duties include handling all financial transactions, volunteer project management and coordination, and execution of mentor calls with the Africa Yoga Project teachers. Tabitha has been involved with the Africa Yoga Project organization since its beginning in 2007, when she was working for Sarakasi Trust. She likes the project’s vision and community outreach—especially in building schools. "AYP employs teachers and empowers the youth," Tabitha says. "And, since I am working for Africa Yoga Project I do more for my physical and mental fitness in learning Yoga."

 

Catherine Njeri

Africa Director of Teachers

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Eliam Wanjiku (Wanji)

Africa Special Projects Liaison

Wanji is the brand manager for Africa Yoga Project. Before this, she was the studio manager for the AYP Shine Center, our community wellness and yoga center in Nairboi, Kenya, and Mentor Program Coordinator in Kenya connecting the mentees and mentors to create consistent and successful communication.

She has been with AYP since her first class in December of 2009.  In that first class, she made up her mind that yoga was the thing she wanted to do in her life.  In 2011, she attended Baron Baptiste's leadership workshop and since then has been teaching in her community and is now teaching in the AYP Shine Center. Wanji is currently at Kenya Institute of Management getting a degree in Business Management.  She has also received a certification in computer skills.

Wanji is leading change by demonstrating the importance of yoga to women with HIV/AIDS and encouraging former criminals to lead a more positive life.  She believes when we come together to practice yoga it inspires us to share ideas and release all the stress in our lives. 

 

Brittany Herier

U.S. Programs Coordinator

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Charity Kahuki

Africa Communications Manager

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Peter Nduva

Africa Human Resources Manager

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Tabbie Nyambura

Africa Accountant

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Kennedy Omodi

Shine Center Studio Manager

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Zablon Ingosi

Assistant Shine Center Studio Manager

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Irene Mueni Nthambi

Assistant Shine Center Studio Manager

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Patrick Kiragu

Team Africa Empowerment Coach

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Richard Kitoshi

Africa Mentorship Coordinator

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Leah Imbusi Etende

Africa Retail Coordinator

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Irene (Aus) Auma

Seva Safari and Ambassador Host

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Fenney (Faith) Kwamboka

Africa Special Needs Coordinator

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Susan Njeri

Africa Children's Yoga Coordinator

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Maurice (Papa) Oduor

Africa Empowerment Coach

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James Njuguna

Africa Empowerment Coach

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Samson Muhalia

Africa Empowerment Coach

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Margaret Njeri

Shine Center Reception Team 

I can really see a change in my students, since starting yoga they have really become strong. When they started they were weak and now they are healthy. They don’t have the fear that they’re going to die anymore, now they think about what is next in their life, they think about the future. Yoga has helped the mothers become better mothers to their children and the small kids are having fun. The slums are a dirty environment, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in health, peace, happiness, and freedom. 

 

I work with women in prison who have killed people and I want to help them and teach them to let go of the stress of their situation. Relaxing your mind is possible anywhere, they can be who they want to be. For me, yoga has really helped me-you see me right now, I am shining and I am not shy anymore. Be yourself, do not be afraid or anything. In life do not give up-if you give up, then everything you worked for will disappear. 

In one year I want my own studio and in that studio, it’s one of my students running it. I will be in another country spreading the word of what yoga can accomplish!

 

Kevin (Acha) Owino

Shine Center Reception Team 

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Sharifa Namusoke

Shine Center Reception Team 

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Gideon Timbwa Ochange

Shine Center Maintenance and Cleaning Team

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Margaret Ngoizi Jamwaka

Shine Center Maintenance and Cleaning Team

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Rita Atieno

Shine Center Maintenance and Cleaning Team

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